Dr. Tamir did a final echocardiogram for Rezhin and gave her the green light to return home. She and her mother were delighted with the news, and are counting the days together with her companion-in-surgery Tarza, below left.
There was still a bit of a ‘dark cloud’ on Rezhin’s countenance however as she was due to head to the dental surgeon this evening. The antibiotic prescribed for Rezhin by the dentist last week did fast work at knocking out the pain from her toothache caused by a bad cavity. This improvement gave her mother pause for considering whether they might wait until their return to Iraq to have the tooth treated, and she began indicating this choice to me yesterday. But before contacting the dentist to cancel the appointment, we wanted to be sure that her mother understood that the treatment here could save the tooth, and we were not certain if a dentist in their city could do so. After getting this news translated for Um Rezhin, her decision remained the same, and since the choice is hers to make, I contacted the dental surgeon to let him know we wouldn’t be coming. Only then did Rezhin become full of smiles, and she hasn’t stopped smiling through the evening.
Rezhin is a fearful girl, and reacts very strongly to even the thought of something being painful happening to her. Yet we’ve made sure her mother understands the importance of having the tooth treated and the implications on her heart if she doesn’t.